In an attempt to solidify its position as the premier Spec Ops force in the Indo-Pacific, the Australian Special Operations Command (SOCOMD) will be receiving a $3 billion boost to enhance its technological, infrastructural, and manpower capabilities.

More specifically, the Australian government greenlighted the funds, which will be distributed over a period of 20 years. This, of course, doesn’t mean that Australian the Special Operations Forces (SOF) will not receive additional funding over that period. The $3 billion refer specifically to Project Greyfin, as the fund infusion is named. Project Greyfin includes Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), improved personal protection systems (for example, body armor, eyewear, ear protection, etc.), weapons and weapon enhancements (for instance, rails, suppressors, optics, flash suppressors, and lights), and communications devices).

SOCOMD is comprised of the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR), the 1st and 2nd Commando Regiments, and the Special Operations Engineer Regiment (SOEG). The 1s Commando Regiment is a reserve unit that complements its active-duty counterpart with individual or larger-size reinforcements.

The second prong of Project Greyfin plans for the procurement of insertion, extraction, and transport capabilities. This will include advanced parachutes (static-line and freefall), diving technology, and helicopters.